Legislative District 48

UW community members are living and working in districts across Washington state. Here's how we are making an impact in your neck of the woods.

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  • 138 Husky Promise students

  • 1,675 UW students

  • 1,135 UW faculty and staff


As a teacher, Alondra Espinoza seeks to build a classroom community where students feel safe. One way she does that is by providing most of her instruction in Spanish. “The system and society we’re currently in is predominantly in English, and it can sometimes be challenging to help students see the value of another language ... I just want students to see how amazing they are because of their bilingual ability.”
Alondra EspinozaUW '18, UW College of Education feature
Elected to the Redmond City Council in 2019 at age 24, Varisha Khan became one of the first Muslim women to hold public office in Washington state. “I think this is the time for young people to be in power ... We have the drive and the capability to change the status quo.”
Varisha KhanUW '17; University of Washington Magazine feature

"Through the various STEM and non-STEM classes I have taken, research I have conducted, and volunteering I have done throughout my time at UW, I have learned how powerful education and medicine can be. In the future, I hope to become an educator and medical doctor so I can combine tools like education and medicine to continue my work of empowering youth, especially those who are underserved."
Sheharbano JafryB.A.: Biochemistry; B.A.: English; 2022 Husky 100 Recipient
"My UW journey has been informed by—and in turn has significantly informed—my personal experiences, identities, and the communities I am a part of. I hope to ultimately work at the intersection of publicly engaged scholarship and reparative justice practice in a way reflective of my commitment to community."
Wendi ZhouB.A.: Philosophy; B.A.: History Ethics, Human Rights, Comparative History of Ideas; 2022 Husky 100 Recipient


The UW facilitates hundreds of programs in communities across the state. Below are a few that operate in your district. Programs active as of January 2022.

Washington Sea Grant

Washington Sea Grant is part of a national network of Sea Grant programs administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. For over 50 years, WSG has funded high impact research projects and partnered with communities, businesses, educators and the public to advance regional understanding and sustainable use of our ocean and coastal resources. Washington Sea Grant strives to support healthy, productive and resilient coastal and marine ecosystems that sustain our state’s diverse cultural and maritime heritage, vibrant coastal communities, clean waters and beaches, prosperous fisheries and aquaculture, and diverse wildlife.

Global Innovation Exchange

The Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) is a new model of experiential education to develop leaders in innovation. Founded by the University of Washington, Tsinghua University and Microsoft, GIX is a global collaboration between leading academic and cross-sector partners. At GIX, students can explore their love of technology, their aspirations, and their drive to make a difference in the world. Participants learn best practices from experts on the cutting edge of research and implementation from like-minded industry and academic partners.

Foster School of Business–Consulting and Business Development Center

The Center engages students and local business owners in solving complex, unstructured, real-world challenges. Through faculty-led business education courses and the work of student consulting teams, the Center grows business revenues and jobs with a focus on businesses owned by those who are LGBTQ+, people of color, women, veterans, tribal citizens and those located in underserved communities. Since its inception in 1995, the Center has generated more than $210 million in new revenue and retained over 200,000 jobs. Classes are offered in Seattle, Yakima, the Tri-Cities and on tribal lands while drawing business owners regionally and nationally.

Forefront in the Schools

Forefront in the Schools (FIS), an initiative of the UW’s Forefront Suicide Prevention program, guides high school administrators, students and parents through a collaborative, comprehensive process of policy development and curriculum improvement to build on existing student mental-health and suicide-prevention efforts. FIS aims to create school communities that are prepared to prevent student mental-health problems and respond to students with mental-health needs, including those at risk for suicide.

UW in the High School

Through the UW in the High School program, high school sophomores, juniors and seniors can complete University of Washington courses — and earn college credit — in their own classrooms with their own teachers. Teachers are approved and trained by UW faculty to teach official UW courses using UW curriculum, activities, texts, tests and grading scales. Participating students can earn college credits at a fraction of the cost, and these credits are accepted by most colleges and universities across Washington and around the country. Partner high schools can offer UW coursework in computer science, math, science, world languages, humanities and social sciences. Check out which schools UW in the High School is partnering with in your area.  

Young Executives of Color

Young Executives of Color (YEOC) is a nine-month college pipeline program hosted by the UW’s Michael G. Foster School of Business. YEOC focuses on engaging high school students of color in a comprehensive curriculum that includes college preparation, professional development, business lectures and powerful mentorship. The program, which is free to students, currently serves 190 students from over 75 high schools around Washington state.

Pacific Northwest Seismic Network

The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN), a partnership between the University of Oregon and the University of Washington, is dedicated to reducing impacts of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions in Washington and Oregon by providing accurate and timely information about earthquakes and ground motions to scientists, engineers, planners and the public. The second-largest seismic network in the United States, PNSN has more than 300 seismograph stations as well as several offices and personnel across the region.


  • Sen. Patricia Kuderer (D),
    Sen. Patricia Kuderer (D)

    Sen. Patricia Kuderer (D)

  • Rep. Vandana Slatter (D),
    Rep. Vandana Slatter (D)

    Rep. Vandana Slatter (D)

  • Rep. Amy Walen (D),
    Rep. Amy Walen (D)

    Rep. Amy Walen (D)